Summer Transfer Window Gossip: Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez, Cesc Fabregas
All the usual suspects are present, once again, in this Thursday edition of the B/R Summer Transfer Window Gossip roundup.
Gareth Bale and Real Madrid? Check.
Luis Suarez and Arsenal? You bet.
Cesc Fabregas and Manchester United? Of course.
Elsewhere, though, we also have news on roundup newbies like Marco Verratti and Adil Rami. All those stories and more appear inside, so keep reading for all the details.
Gareth Bale Unsettled by Real Madrid Interest?
Tottenham Hotspur fear that midfielder Gareth Bale has become unsettled by rumored interest from Real Madrid, according to Mirror Football.
Per the report, Tottenham have declined to confirm whether Real Madrid placed a bid Wednesday night. Spurs have maintained that Bale is not for sale.
Earlier this week, Spanish paper El Confidencial (h/t ESPN) reported that Real Madrid were set to bid £85 million for Bale.
Bale, 24, scored 21 Premier League goals last season in 33 appearances. He was named PFA and FWA Player of the Year.
Liverpool: Arsenal Must Raise Bid for Luis Suarez
Speaking to reporters while on preseason tour in Australia (h/t Sky Sports), Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said Arsenal must raise their bid for Luis Suarez.
Arsenal this week bid £40,000,001 for Suarez, a Uruguayan striker. The extra £1 meant Liverpool had to inform Suarez of the bid, though they were not required to sell. The bid drew a mocking response from Liverpool owner John Henry, as The Guardian reports.
Meanwhile, the Express reports that Real Madrid have pulled out of the race to sign Suarez.
If Arsenal want the player, then they have to produce the value for the player. There was an offer a few weeks ago of £35million and two weeks later it is now £40m and a pound—I don't think it is anywhere near the value of what he is worth.
But it is twofold, really. A player may want to go, but then somebody has to pay the value or worth of that player.
Suarez, 26, scored 23 Premier League goals last season in 33 appearances. He is currently serving a 10-match domestic ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic during a game near the end of last season.
David Moyes: Manchester United's Efforts to Sign Cesc Fabregas 'Ongoing'
Speaking to reporters while on preseason tour in Japan (via BBC Sport), Manchester United manager David Moyes said United's efforts to sign Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas are "ongoing."
United have placed two bids for Cesc, both of which have been rejected. According to the BBC report, the latter bid was £30 million plus add-ons.
Fabregas, 26, played for Arsenal from 2003 to 2011, serving as captain from 2008 until his departure for Barcelona in 2011. Last season, he scored 11 league goals in 32 appearances.
Napoli Make 'Monstrous Offer' for PSG's Marco Verratti?
French champions Paris Saint-Germain have opened contract talks with Marco Verratti after receiving a "monstrous offer" for the midfielder from Napoli, according to Italian paper La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Sky Sports).
Verratti, 20, signed a five-year contract with PSG upon joining the club from Pescara last summer. He was integral in PSG's title run, making 27 league appearances in his debut season.
Verratti's agent, Donato Di Campli, said:
We are still a long way from an agreement. The talks must continue, I'm not too confident or optimistic at the moment. Yet Marco will stay at Paris Saint-Germain because he has a four-year contract —that is a fact. However, there are alternatives out there and just this morning a monstrous offer arrived from (Napoli president Aurelio) Di Laurentiis.
Verratti has been capped three times by Italy.
Valencia to Let Adil Rami Go for €9 Million?
Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Arsenal are interested in Rami, per the report. Valencia initially wanted €25 million for the defender but dropped their price to €12 million and now €9 million.
Rami, 27, made 25 league appearances last season. He has been capped 25 times by France.
Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara (pictured) almost joined Manchester United before signing for Bayern Munich, according to the player's father as quoted by Metro.
Benfica have joined Liverpool in showing interest in signing Porto winger Christian Atsu, per Talksport.
Fulham want to sign forward Pablo Osvaldo from Roma for £8.6 million, according to the Daily Star.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he has not received any new approaches for defender Leighton Baines or midfielder Marouane Fellaini, per ESPN.
In a video message to Daniele De Rossi on Roma Channel (h/t Goal.com), Roma's Francesco Totti has urged De Rossi to remain with the club. Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with De Rossi.